Production Specs: J-Zone

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J-Zone_strettoblaster_Production_SpecsSe c’è un produttore che è andato avanti per la propria strada, fottendosene bellamente di mode e trend, questo è J-Zone. Certo, nonostante il suo Pimps Don’t Pay Taxes (da lui interamente prodotto e rappato) resti uno dei dischi fondamentali del periodo “indie” newyorkese che fece la fortuna di etichette come la Rawkus, la scelta non ha pagato, verrebbe da dire. Ma non è proprio così. J-Zone è uno di quei “producer’s producers” che continuano ad essere rilevanti sempre e comunque, sia come musicista che come opinionista. Il suo Peter Pan Syndrome è stato uno dei dischi migliori dell’anno scorso, con la sua estetica “true school” fatta di funk obliquo, live drumming, bassi Moog e abrasività tutta made in NY.


First commercial beat sold/placed: Fool I Got Your Back for Preacher Earl and the Ministry, in 1995.

How long did it take you to produce something that you were proud of: About 11 months from when I officially started making beats.

Favourite production set-up: MPC-2000, any of the Tascam mixing boards from the ‘80s, Tascam Portatwo 4 track cassette recorder, ProTools, Technics 1200, mixer, Moog Little Phatty synthesizer, 60s vintage drum kit “with 20″ bass drum by Slingerland, Camco, Gretsch or Rogers.

Best digging advice from someone ever: I learned to dig on my own. I never really got any advice. I’d pick up new tips over the years through experience.

Producer, in the last 3 months, that made you say: “Oh, shit, i have to go back to the lab!”: None, but I have weird tastes.

Your worst production mistake ever made:Not expanding with my sound sooner. I waited until after my third album to try new things and by then I had been pigeonholed into a certain sound, so when I tried to do something different, people rejected it. They associated me permanently with the sound of my first three albums. I never recovered from that.

One essential mixing tip:Always listen to it both on an iPod and in a car if you can. That’s how most people listen to their music.

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